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, was already nearing legendary status when he fled nazi germany for the u.s. in 1938. a one-time director of the celebrated bauhaus architecture school, mies is widely acknowledged as the founder of the glass and steel modernist style. some 60 miles southwest of chicago, the farnsworth house is nestled along the banks of the fox river in plano, illinois. >> the farnsworth house is considered to be one of the most celebrated examples of modernist domestic architecture. >> baer: i begin my visit with a guided tour. >> there it is. >> baer: wow. >> everyone goes, "ohh!" >> baer: in designing a simple open space with no decoration, mies said he was trying to create almost nothing, or in german, "bei nahe nichts." >> it's very important to keep in mind, this house was designed as a weekend home only, to be used by one individual. >> baer: thank you. >> mm-hmm. >> baer: that individual was mies' client dr. edith farnsworth their story begins in downtown chicago in 1945. dr. farnsworth, a well-to-do kidney specialist, had just bought herself a chunk of land along the fox river. 42 and single, sh
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